No runways for them. All they have to do is to look here and there for a while and flutter their wings to get momentum. And, in a jiffy, they are up in the sky, noiselessly crossing over to their destination. Rain or shine, they peck while they peck and fly when they ought to! Trees are their shelters but, of late, they have to spend their days on housetops, ready to swoop on left-overs thrown by human beings.
They are under several â€˜brand namesâ€™ and each brand has its own color, habits and an indistinguishably same â€˜languageâ€™ whichever corner of the earth they are in. So are the alarm-clock birdies who wake you up at 5.00 AM or 6.00 AM, and their calls never betray the country they belong to.
They are natureâ€™s gift to mankind but how many of us enjoy their presence? The moment we see any of them in our courtyard or backyard, we are in a hurry to drive them away. Those of us who are keen on seeing them have to go to a park or zoo! By the way, how much wood would a woodpecker peck, if a woodpecker could peck wood?